Just spent a half-hour on a conference call with Nevada coach Chris Ault and three players, and there will be some sort of story coming out of it the next week or so.
ButI figured I’d pass along his insight on Maryland heading into the Humanitarian Bowl. Remember, the Wolf Pack played Missouri, Boise State and Texas Tech this season, so he isn’t making comparisons to a full slate of nobodies (though WAC doormat Idaho certainly qualifies in that category).
“I think the Maryland defense is as physical as Missouri’s was,” Ault said. “I like their offense. Their offense to me is very balanced. They can run the ball and do a good job. With [Chris] Turner, they split out and they have some nice receivers. Whereas Missouri was going to throw it as much as Texas Tech did, I think Maryland is probably one of the more balanced teams we’ve played this year.”
It was interesting to hear some more specific insights on the Maryland defense. The unit’s coaching was much-maligned, but the general theme you tend to hear from opponents is an emphasis on how sound the Terps are.
It was the exactly sort of insight coming from the Wolf Pack this afternoon.
“You notice how disciplined and how hard they play,” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. “They’re never out of alignment. If they’re supposed to be somewhere, they’re going to be there and they’re going to be ready to make a play. When plays come their way, they make them. That’s something we have to be ready for. We have to find a weakness and exploit it.”
—- Patrick Stevens